When I became a grandma, I bought an iPad for the sole purpose of downloading colorful Kindle books and engaging apps for babies. It has been surprising and encouraging to me that my two grandbabies actually prefer real books. Happily, we are prepared for hours of reading courtesy of all our children's books which … Continue reading A dozen classic books to save for your grandkids
Have you ever considered the great courage Joseph displayed as his young family was formed and began to grow? This Christmas season, take a fresh look at his indomitable faith and courage in the face of the unknown.
Read Matthew 1:18-2:23.
We rarely hear sermons preached on great faith or courage with Joseph the husband of Mary as the central example. Sadly, his role in the Christmas story has become almost a caricature we tend to skim over at other points on the Christian calendar.
Consider what this key New Testament figure endured in the short chapter and a half of Matthew where his story appears:
- An angel of the Lord appeared to him in dreams not once, not twice, but three times.
- He was told to believe that his fiancée’s pregnancy was the result of a miraculous conception and not an indiscretion.
- He was also told that the child was the long-awaited Messiah, and was instructed to go through with the marriage as planned.
- He kept his new bride a virgin until the child was born.
- Exotic foreign visitors made an unannounced appearance at his home…
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(Reblogged from the Midwestern Parent Educators blog post I was honored to write recently.) MPE provided numerous resources and blessings during our 20 years of homeschooling, but none as important as our small cluster group. Each family in our little group planned and executed an annual field trip or activity, and by the end of … Continue reading Twenty field trips for KC homeschoolers
What teacher or parent doesn't love it when the opportunity to multitask presents itself. The next time you're heading to get groceries with the kiddos, seize the teachable moment! While compiling ideas for my new book, Let's Go: Field Trips for Teachers, Homeschoolers and Active Families, a friend and mentor was kind enough to … Continue reading Quick grocery store field trip ideas
(Updated December 2017, but really not much has changed.) If the cold wind is howling and the last thing you want to do is go out Christmas shopping, never fear! Scheduling the gift of a Kindle book is something you can do for nearly everyone on your list. Even if your recipients don't use … Continue reading Giving Kindle books as gifts
Whether you're looking for something to pull you through the summer doldrums, or need a fresh idea for your homeschool group in the fall, a children's book club might be just the ticket! It's easier than you think to pull together an educational and fun club atmosphere and create wonderful memories at the same time. … Continue reading How to start a great children’s book club Part 1
In my new book on homeschooling I spend a little time singing the praises of my powerhouse local support group, Midwest Parent Educators (MPE). One of its particular strengths is the annual conference and curriculum fair. Free for MPE members, the show could not be more convenient or affordable. Here are three reasons every homeschooler … Continue reading Three reasons to run — not walk — to a homeschool forum